Tuesday, 5 September 2017
Today in rock history September 2nd
1951 – Born on this day, Mik Kaminski, violin, Electric Light Orchestra 1957 – Born on this day, Steve Porcaro, Keyboards, Toto 1965 – The Rolling Stones appear on British TV’s Ready Steady Go! Mick Jagger and Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham perform a skit in which they duet on Sonny & Cher’s “I Got You Babe.” 1970 – Genesis run an advertisement for a drummer in the English magazine Melody Maker. Former child actor-turned-skins beater Phil Collins answers and convinces the band to hire him by revealing that he played bongos on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. 1971 – The Rolling Stones are reported to be suing their former managers Andrew Loog Oldham and Eric Easton. The band accuses the pair of withholding royalties from it during its time on the Decca record label. 1971 – Former Grateful Dead manager Lenny Hart is arrested and charged with embezzling $70,000 from the band. The same day, the band release their second live album, titled Grateful Dead. 1975 –Some 500 ticketless fans hoping to see Jefferson Starship and the Doobie Brothers storm the gates of Syracuse, N.Y.’s Great American Music Fair. Rocks and bottles are thrown, and 60 people are eventually arrested. 1978 – George Harrison marries Olivia Trinidad Arias, a secretary with his Dark Horse record label. 1987 – The Amnesty International Tour starts in London, starring Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Tracy Chapman. 1989 – The Cars’ Ric Ocasek marries supermodel Paulina Porizkova 1993 – At the MTV Video Music Awards, Neil Young joins Pearl Jam to perform “Rockin’ in the Free World.” 1995 – A seven-hour concert with dozens of stars, including Jerry Lee Lewis, Aretha Franklin and Bob Dylan, caps the opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. 2000 – Many fans leave a Def Leppard concert at the Oregon State Fair disappointed. The band was accused of playing too quietly, in order to obey local noise ordinances. 2003 – Punk legends the Clash receive a lifetime achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year awards in London. 2009 – Guy Babylon , keyboard player with the Elton John Band died of a heart attack while swimming in his pool at his home in Los Angeles, California.